Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson, who has more acorns stored up in his treasury than any other candidate in Georgia, went up with the first TV ad of the U.S. Senate campaign this morning.
A portion of his message — declaring that his unnamed Democratic opponent, Michael Thurmond, “supports President Obama” – is just a little taste of what Roy Barnes can expect to see in the race for governor.
But most telling in the ad is the phrase he allows suporters to use in describing his work: “He doesn’t stand on the sidelines.”
Isakson is, at bottom, a negotiator willing to attempt compromises. That involves risk. His work – with Georgia colleague Saxby Chambliss – on an immigration bill in 2007 rankled the hard-liners in the Georgia GOP. (Both ultimately denounced the effort.)
Consider this ad an attempt by Isakson to explain himself — particularly to independents.
Actor One: Some in Washington stand on the sidelines.
Actor Two: Not Johnny Isakson.
Actor Three: He’s